Some of Middle Tennessee's biggest corporate names have been named finalists for 2015 Excellence in Business Awards presented by the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In the running for honors are — among others — Baker Donelson, Cracker Barrel, Nissan, Dollar General and Fifth Third Bank. Other well-known names nominated for various awards are Emma, OZ Arts and the Nashville Opera Association. Check out the full list here, where you can also get more info on the April 28 luncheon.
Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Lisa Howe, said about the Excellence in Business Awards, “The Excellence in Business Awards is an inspirational day for the LGBT Chamber and our community. This unique, daytime event spotlights the LGBT and ally professional community like no other event. Attendees will share and celebrate the contributions of the finalists and winners of the awards and recognize the economic and social impact made by local business and nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs. It is an honor just to be in the room.”
The Nashville chapter of commercial real estate industry group NAIOP has announced its annual Middle Tennessee Awards winners. They include the people involved in the future headquarters of Bridgestone Americas as well as the teams that have led the redevelopment of The Gulch and the Melrose on Franklin Road. Here is the full list:
OFFICE LEASE OF THE YEAR
Bridgestone Americas Inc.
Ken Leiser & Harrison Johnson, CBRE
DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
Market Street Enterprises
BROKER OF THE YEAR
David Wells, Spectrum | Emery
BROKERAGE TEAM OF THE YEAR
Tyler Muesch, Regions Bank
Elizabeth Goodwin, Bell & Associates Construction
INDUSTRIAL LEASE OF THE YEAR
David McGahren, Doug Howard & John Ward, DTZ Panattoni Development Company
OFFICE SALE OF THE YEAR
One Nashville Place
Douglass Johnson & Steve Preston, CBRE
Bill Neill, Colliers
INDUSTRIAL SALE OF THE YEAR
Space Park South
Steve Preston & Douglass Johnson, CBRE
DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR
Parkes Development Group LLC
Fulcher Investment Partners Inc.
Humphreys & Partners Architects LP
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AWARD
RETAIL SALE OF THE YEAR
Paul Gaither & Mia Hill, CBRE
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AWARD
MULTI-FAMILY SALE OF THE YEAR
Steve Massey & Russ Oldham, CBRE
Mayor Karl Dean
The Nashville Technology Council has rolled out the nominees for its annual awards program. Up for company of the year are Rustici Software, Medalogix and Digital Reasoning while executives from HCA, Healthways and Sarah Cannon are in the running to be named CIO of the year. Nominated for innovator of the year: Tiffany Woosley of Homeland, Dan Hogan of Medalogix and Anthony Montgomery of LPS Integration.
The full list, which also features categories honoring data scientists and educators, is available here.
BioMimetics Therapeutics founder and former CEO Sam Lynch last week was honored by the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for his work in the field. Lynch received his Distinguished Alumnus Award for his body of work in regenerative medicine and protein therapeutics and his philanthropic work. School officials say Lynch's work has produced about $5 million in royalties and other payments to Harvard.
The Urban Land Institute Nashville District Council Thursday night awarded six Middle Tennessee development projects with Excellence in Development awards during a ceremony at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
The ULI awards recognize exemplary design, creativity and vision in land use and real estate development, and commitment to the region. Additionally, they honor collaboration among development team members.
“Together, the 16 submitted projects tell an interesting story about the creative and smart business decisions that have been made, as well as the future opportunities for our region,” Hunter Gee, chairman of ULI Nashville, said in a release “This year’s applicants represent best practices from both the public and private sectors and should be recognized and shared.”
The six winning projects and the development teams were:
1. Casa Azafran Community Center – Allard Ward Architects; Conexion Americas; Dowdle Construction Group; Facility Planners Inc.; Prado Art Studio
2. The Freeman Webb Building – Freeman Webb Company; Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC; Wieck Construction, LLC; Barge Cauthen & Associates, Inc.; EMC Structural Engineers, PC; Power Management Corporation; Hawkins Partners Inc.; Power Management Corporation; SSRCx
3. Gale Park – Core Development Services; DA|AD; Parkside Builders; Dean Design Group; Village Real Estate Services; Evergreen Real Estate; The Village Fund
4. Montgomery Bell Academy – Montgomery Bell Academy; Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC; The Parent Company, Inc.; Hodgson & Douglas, LLC; Barge Cauthen & Associates, Inc.; EMC Structural Engineers, PC; Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.
5. Music City Center – Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County; Nashville Convention Center Authority; tvsdesign; Tuck Hinton Architects PLC; Moody Nolan Inc.; Bell/Clark Joint Venture in association with Harmony Construction Group, LLC; Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.; Ross Bryan Associates; I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc.
6. Pine Street Flats – MarketStreet Enterprises; Pine Street Flats, LLC; Davis Architects, Inc.; Cambridge Builders & Contractors, LLC; Bilson & Associates, PC; Civil Site Design Group, PLLC; RPM Transportation Consultants, LLC; Design Environments, Inc.; greenSTUDIO; Phillips Gradick Engineering, PC; M2 Structural Engineering PC
Judges for the 2014 awards were John Tirrill with SWH Residential Partners LLC in Atlanta, and Frank Ricks with Looney Ricks Kiss in Memphis, Tenn.
Development projects are judged on criteria that support ULI’s commitment to best practices in the use of land and leadership in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. This includes design excellence, innovation in land use, contribution to the community, reflection of the neighborhood or regional character, use of a public/private partnership, environmental sensitivity and financial viability.
Casa Azafran Community Center
Freeman Webb Building
Montgomery Bell Academy
Music City Center
Pine Street Flats
The Nashville Technology Council has whittled down the list of applicants for its annual awards ceremony honoring leaders in the local IT scene. The winners will be announced at a gala Jan. 30 and you can get tickets here. Here are the people and companies in contention:
CIO OF THE YEAR
Cody King of QHR, Jeff Fields of Servpro and Ryan Boon of Dollar General
CISO OF THE YEAR
Jeff Cobb of Capella Healthcare, Paul Connelly of HCA and Tom Buss of Deloitte
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Emma (Clint Smith), Peak 10 (David Smith) and Video Gaming Technologies (John Plunkett)
CTO OF THE YEAR
James King of BMI, Mark Burnette of LBMC and Troy Crabtree of LetterLogic
EARLY-STAGE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
American Hometown Media / Just a Pinch Recipes (Dan Hammond), Checkd.in (Nick Yaeger) and LeanKit (Chris Hefley)
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Nicholas Holland of Populr.me, Stephen Hau of Shareable Ink and Todd Scot of Deloitte
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST OF THE YEAR
Aaron Clifford of HCA, Nancy VanReece of Carpe Diem Management and Ryan Carter of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER / ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR
Andy Bush of PathGroup, Bryan Hunter of Firefly Logic and Derek Lewis of CHS
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Beth Breeden of Lipscomb University, Eliza Brock of Eliza Brock Software and Jennifer Berry of the Stratford STEM Magnet High School
TECHNOLOGY STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Aimee Laansma of Lipscomb University, Lauren Guenther of Belmont University and Matt Madlock of Unshatter Me
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Eric Johnson of Mothers Digital, Katherine McElroy of C3 Consulting and Penny Henze of Peak 10
The Entrepreneur Center and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce this week hosted the annual NEXT Awards dinner to celebrate the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Among the winners are well-known companies such as Qualifacts and Parallon, as well as fresher faces such as Virsys12. Check out the full list here.
The Urban Land Institute's Nashville chapter on Thursday evening recognized five local projects with its annual Excellence in Development Awards at a gathering in the Music City Center. The winners are the Cumberland Park/Bridge Building, the Ragland Building now home to Asurion offices, the Ryman Lofts on Rolling Mill Hill, the Trolley Barns redevelopment and the Werthan Lofts project in Germantown. They're pictured in that order below. Full info on the buildings is available here.
Moontoast has been named one of seven winners of a Facebook-sponsored competition among developers of marketing tools. The fast-growing startup won for a Lexus ad that runs as a 10-minute live stream on the Facebook news feed.
The Innovation Competition invited all Facebook's so-called preferred marketing developers to build and present an innovative product. After a three-month building period, the applicants demonstrated their products in front of a jury. There were 260 applicants.
Facebook PMDs are certified by the social media giant for high-quality development of apps, page management, ads and other Facebook features. Daniel Hightower, director of business development at Moontoast, called the award “a great testament to our team and the capabilities of our Social Rich Media Ad Platform.” See a screencast of the campaign here.
Several other companies have used the technology platform Moontoast relied on for the Lexus campaign, including Intel, Nike, Blackberry, IBM, Fandango and Bing, among others. Based in Nashville and Boston, Moontoast announced the completion of $5 million in Series B financing earlier this year.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee this week handed out its annual Engineering Excellence awards, recognizing three area projects. Winners of Grand Awards are the Korean Veteran Boulevard stretch from Fourth to Eighth avenues, the redecking of Interstate 24 in part of East Nashville and the Situational Awareness for Flooding Events program. Taking home top prize, the Grand Iris Award, are the engineers at EnSafe, who helped clean up contaminated groundwater at the U.S. Navy's installation in Millington. Check out all the details here.
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